Definition of nonfertile in US English:



  • 1(of a person, animal, or plant) unable to reproduce.

    ‘nonfertile females’
    • ‘Was the number of fertile women admitted to the hospital outside the maternity ward really that much higher than the number of non-fertile women and men?’
    • ‘Nonfertile eggs are produced if there is no male to fertilize, but these eggs will not hatch.’
    • ‘Some ferns do have morphologically distinct fertile and nonfertile leaves.’
    • ‘Since hoary marmots reproduce biennially, half the females are fertile and half nonfertile during any given year.’
    • ‘One could hypothesize that an improvement in sex life may be a result of paying attention to fertile and nonfertile days and then having more sex than before on nonfertile days.’
    1. 1.1 (of land) unable to sustain crops or vegetation.
      ‘nonfertile ground’
      • ‘The seeds that fell on the non-fertile ground were either eaten, trampled, or grew among thorns and died shortly after.’
      • ‘It can be grown with brackish water and non-fertile land that cannot be used by other crops.’
      • ‘A non-fertile farm will bring everyone to bankruptcy.’
      • ‘Old timers regarded ramshackle homes and non-fertile land as useless.’
      • ‘The success of his new farming methods can be seen by the abundant harvesting of crops on land that had previously been considered non-fertile soil.’
      barren, non-fertile, unfruitful, unproductive, non-productive, uncultivatable, lifeless, sterile, impoverished, arid
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